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Pawlowski, Roman

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Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 27/09/2006

New Polish patriotism

The Polish ministry of culture's "Patriotism of Tomorrow" programme sponsors social initiatives that deal with historical-national themes. The programme sponsors events like patriotic song competitions and a motorbike rally in Katyn. Roman Pawlowski welcomes initiatives aimed at raising historical awareness but points out critically that "the point is that in the context of 'historical politics' history often becomes an object of adulation rather than an object of authentic research and discussion. In the 1990s, a brand of patriotism aimed at founding and strengthening democratic institutions became popular. This has now been replaced by a brand of patriotism that focuses on origins and has taken on militant and martyr-like features. There isn't one project on the ministry of culture's list that promotes the culture of national minorities. It's as if Belarusians and Ukrainians weren't patriotic. This is not the patriotism of tomorrow but the patriotism of yesterday."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 19/06/2006

The biannual theatre festival "New plays from Europe"

The theatre biennial "New plays from Europe" runs until June 25 in the German city of Wiesbaden. 29 plays written by authors from 22 different countries are being staged at the world's largest festival dedicated solely to contemporary drama. Roman Pawlowski comments: "Nowadays, a playwright is more a witness of the present than its creator. The prophet has become an observer. The biannual festival demonstrates this very clearly... The return to true stories is not just an expression of a lack of faith in fiction, but also an attempt to build up a rapport with an audience that has been educated by the media. Yet these playwrights are not trying to compete with television or the press; they don't show videos with excerpts from real life. They go deeper."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 21/03/2006

Slawomir Mrozek's autobiography

In 2002 the well-known dramatist and satirical writer Slawomir Mrozek suffered a cerebral apoplexy. To train his memory and recover his powers of expression, Mrozek has now written his memoirs, 'Baltazar. An autobiography'. "There are certain moments when the author manages to coax a smile out of his reader - but it's always a smile tinged with bitterness," writes Roman Pawloski. "This book not only cures aphasia, it also cures people of the illusion that good always triumphs over evil, that the world is becoming a better place and that people are punished for their crimes. It demonstrates that the fate of the individual is not governed by logic, but by chance which, in Mrozek's case, has sometimes saved his life and sometimes put him on the edge of the abyss."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 16/03/2006

Provincial Polish theatre booms abroad

Avant-garde theatre groups from the Polish provinces are enjoying huge success in New York, London, Moscow, Genoa and Sydney, but at home they're given little opportunity to perform, Roman Pawlowski complains. "On the one hand, this is because in Poland we distinguish between central and provincial culture. If a play doesn't come from Warsaw or Cracow, it doesn't count. People think plays from the provinces are less valuable, less important, and at best represent regional culture. A theatre director from Gardzienice near Lublin says: 'We've been marginalised geographically and at the same time culturally.'"

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